Textbooks and Materials

Student writing in Kodály notebookMost textbooks for AKI courses may be purchased from an online book shop or music shop before classes begin for a head start on reading and assignments. Some materials are available only through AKI, as listed, and should be ordered via the AKI Order Form. An order form will be mailed to enrolled students along with their registration confirmations.

Article reprints required for each course will be provided by AKI.

For Kodály certification students, the largest investment in books and materials occurs at Level I. The same books are used again in Levels II and III, with a few additions. All required books are essential items for the Kodály teacher's library. In some cases, the same textbook is required for more than one course on the same level (in that case, you only need to purchase one copy).

Basic Supplies for All Students

  • Binder (Additional binders, with dividers, will be needed for Methodology and Materials)
  • Dividers for each course
  • Loose leaf paper – lined and unlined
  • Staff paper
  • Tote bag or backpack (a rolling backpack is highly recommended)
  • Water bottle (listed for several courses; you only need one)
  • A-440 tuning fork (listed for serveral courses; you only need one)
  • Jacket or heavy sweater (the air conditioning is quite cold)

Solfa Fundamentals

Textbooks:

  • Huggins, Amy Branum
    Elements: A Sight Singing and Rhythm Reading Book for Beginners
    The Music Studio, 1982
    (Available for purchase at the first class session)
  • Kodály, Zoltán
    Pentatonic Music, Volume I: 100 Hungarian Folk Songs
    Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., 1969
    LCB-100 
  • Kodály, Zoltán
    333 Elementary Exercises in Sight Singing
    Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., 1963
    LCB-52
  • Appleby, William
    Sing at Sight
    Oxford University Press, 1960
    ISBN 0-19-330140-7
  • Crowe, Edgar, Lawton, Annie, and Whittaker, W. Gillies
    The Folk Song Sight Singing Series, Book VIII
    ISBN: 0-19-330258-6

Equipment:

  • A-440 tuning fork
  • Water bottle

Level I Courses

Solfa I

Textbooks:

  • Molnar, Antal
    Classical Canons without Text
    Edito Musica Budapest, 1955
    ISMN: M080125816
    (Available from Sheet Music Plus: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com)
  • Ottman, Robert W.
    Music for Sight Singing, 7th Edition
    Prentice Hall, 2003
    ISBN: 0-13-187234-6
  • Benjamin, Thomas; Horvit, Michael; and Nelson, Robert. 
    Music for Analysis, 6th Edition
    Oxford University Press, 2006
    ISBN: 0-19-518815-2

Equipment:

  • A-440 tuning fork
    (Or a metronome that also gives the pitch A-440)

Kodály Methodology I

Textbooks:

  • Bluestine, Eric
    The Ways Children Learn Music: An Introduction and Practical Guide to Music Learning Theory, Revised Edition
    GIA Publications, 2000
    ISBN: 1-57-999108-4 
  • Choksy, Lois
    The Kodály Method I, Third Edition
    Prentice Hall, 1999
    ISBN: 0-13-949165-1
  • Huggins, Amy Branum
    Elements: A Sight Singing and Rhythm Reading Book for Beginners
    The Music Studio, 1982
    (Available from AKI)
  • Huggins, Amy Branum
    Kodály, American Style
    The Music Studio, 2001
    (Available from AKI)
  • Phillips, Kenneth H.
    Teaching Kids to Sing
    Schirmer Books, 1996
    ISBN: 0-02-871795-3
  • Kodály, Zoltán
    Pentatonic Music, Volume I: 100 Hungarian Folk Songs
    Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., 1969
    LCB-100
  • Kodály, Zoltán
    333 Elementary Exercises in Sight Singing
    Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., 1963
    LCB-52

Article Reprints:

  • Package #1:
    Appreciation and Understanding
  • Package #2:
    Integrating Music Learning Theory Into the Kodály Curriculum
    Audiation: A Theoretical and Practical Explanation
    Kodály and Gordon: Same and Different
    Teaching “Simple” and “Compound” Meters Side By Side: Rhythm Syllables, Sequences, and Materials

Kodály Materials I

Textbooks:

  • Amidon, Peter, Brass, Mary Cay, and Davis, Andy
    Chimes of Dunkirk, Great Dances for Children (Book and CD with an optional DVD)
    New England Dancing Masters Productions, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1991 (or later) (no ISBN, but copies may be ordered from info@dancingmasters.com or www.dancingmasters.com. Also available at West Music and Music in Motion).
  • Bliss, Hope
    My Solfa Dulcimer Books
    Backyard Music, 1985
    (Available from AKI)
  • Bryant, Larkin
    Larkin's Dulcimer Book (and CD)
    Ivory Palaces Music Publishing Company, 1982
    ISBN: 0-9-4364400-3  
    Larkin’s Dulcimer Book Companion CD
    RL-LDB-CD
  • Chase, Richard
    Old Songs and Singing Games
    Dover Publications, 1972
    ISBN: 0-48-622879-7
  • Erdei, Peter
    150 American Folk Songs to Sing Read and Play
    Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., 1974
    ISBN: 0-91-393204-3
  • Jones, Bessie and Lomax Hawes, Bess
    Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage
    Harper and Rowe Publishers, 1972
    ISBN: 0-82-030960-5
    CD: Put Your Hand on Your Hip & Let Your Backbone Slip
    Rounder / Umgd
    ASIN: B000058DYA
  • Locke, Eleanor G.
    Sail Away: 155 American Folk Songs to Sing Read and Play, Revised Edition
    Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., 1988
    ISMN: 9790051806805
  • Rohrbough, Lynn. Revised by Riddell, Cecelia
    The Handy Play Party Book
    World Around Songs, Inc., 1982
    ASIN: B000ID9QXG

Instrument:

  • Appalachian Dulcimer Kit
    (Available from AKI)
    (Dulcimers will be built during the workshop on Orientation Weekend)

Supplies:

  • A binder for your retrieval system
  • Dividers
  • Recommended: a portable 3-hole punch

Equipment:

  • Comfortable dance shoes and clothes
  • Water bottle

Choral Studies I

Textbooks:

  • McElheran, Brock
    Conducting Technique for Beginners and Professionals, Revised Edition
    Oxford University Press, 1989
    ISBN: 0-19-385830-4
  • Feldstein, Sandy
    Alfred’s Pocket Dictionary of Music
    Alfred Publishing Company, 1986
    ISBN: 0882843494
  • Conducting I Scores
    (Available from AKI)
  • Choir Performance Scores
    (Available from AKI)

Article Reprints:

  • Package #1:
    Articles for Philosophy of Conducting assignment
  • Package #2:
    Articles and chapters from out-of-print texts on the subject of The History and Function of Conducting

Equipment:

  • A-440 tuning fork
  • Pocket metronome
  • Yo-yo
  • Lacrosse ball
  • Ruler
  • Colored pencils/highlighters

Level II Courses

Solfa II

All of the items required for Solfa I

Kodály Methodology II

All of the items required for Methodology I and the following:

  • Appleby, William
    Sing At Sight
    ISBN 0-19-330140-7
    Oxford University Press, 1960
  • Crowe, Edgar; Lawton, Annie; and Whittake, W. Gillies
    The Folk Song Sight Singing Series, Book VIII
    Oxford University Press, 1961
    ISBN: 0-19-330258-6

Article Reprints:

  • Package:
    Children's Singing Voices
    Helping Children's Voices Develop in General Music Education
    Teaching Children of All Ages to Use the Singing Voice
    Sing It Like It Is: A Synthesis of Recent Research on the Child Voice

Kodály Materials II

All of the items (except the dulcimer) listed for Materials I and:

  • Amidon, Peter; Brass, Mary Cay; and Davis, Andy
    Chimes of Dunkirk (Book and CD)
    New England Dancing Masters Productions
  • Amidon, Peter; Brass, Mary Cay; and Davis, Andy
    Listen to the Mocking Bird (Book and CD)
    New England Dancing Masters Productions
  • Huggins, Amy Branum
    Folk Guitar Guide
    The Music Studio, 2002
    (Available from AKI)

Instrument and accessories:

  • Guitar
  • Guitar string or strap
  • Capo

Choral Studies II

The textbook from Choral Studies I and:

  • Conducting II Scores
    (Available from AKI)
  • Choir Performance Scores
    (Available from AKI)

Article Reprints:

  • Package #1:
    Excerpts of conductor interviews from In Quest of Answers, and from AKI Conductor Interviews
  • Package #2:
    Articles and chapters from out-of-print texts on the subject of The History and Function of Conducting

Level III Courses

Solfa III

All of the items from Solfa I and Solfa II

Kodály Methodology III

All of the items from Methodology I and Methodology II and:

  • Article Reprints Package:
    Developing Harmonic Hearing
    An Aural Approach to Harmonic Analysis

Kodály Materials III

All of the items from Materials I (except the dulcimer) and Materials II (except the guitar) and:

  • Huggins, Amy Branum
    Five-String Banjo Guide
    The Music Studio, 2003
    (Available from AKI)

Instrument:

  • Five-String Banjo Kit
    (Available from AKI)
    (Banjos will be built during the workshop on Orientation Weekend)